The Mkhondo Festive Cup was the second tournament playing as part of the 6th edition of Mkhondo Diski Festival. The tournament which has featured only the under 17 and Promotion League divisions in previous years grew to three (3) divisions with the addition of the under 13 division when it began on 07 December 2018 at Mandla Magudulela Stadium inside Thandukukhanya township, Mkhondo.
The under 13 division was added by luck after a kit was donated by SAB League side V.O.C United FC to the Mkhondo LFA during their visit to Mkhondo in November 2018. So What FC a local football team made up former footballers who now play football for fun donated a trophy they had previously won at one of the masters’ tournaments in Mkhondo. The team donated the trophy to the Mkhondo Local Football Association to be used for the under 13 division. Fourteen (14) clubs participated in the knockout tournament that began on Friday 07 December 2018 finishing with the finals on Monday 17 December 2018 at Mandla Magudulela Stadium, Thandukukhanya. Flymingo United FC fresh from winning the under 13 league championship lifted the inaugural under 13 Mkhondo Festive Cup beating Shining Stars FC 8-1 in the final. The club won the trophy and a full playing kit. The runners up were given a consolation prize of a match ball.
Comet Riders FC became the new champions of the under 17 division by beating PR Barcelona FC 1-0 in the final. The club won the trophy for the first time since it was launched in 2015. The under 17 division had been dominated by Citizen FC (2015&2017) and Flymingo United (2016) before Comet Riders FC wrestled the trophy at last year’s edition. Coached by Oliver Nkosi and like Flymingo United under 13 side the team was fresh from winning the Thandukukhanya Junior League 2018 championship when they began the tournament. They went past rivals Bayern Munich FC winning 2-0 then followed by another 2-0 win over Hintalo FC in the semi-finals before beating PR Barcelona FC 1-0 in the final. The team won a brand new kit, gold medals and match balls for becoming champions. The runners up PR Barcelona FC received silver medals, match balls and training equipment. The 3rd placed team Citizen FC received bronze medals and two match balls. The under 17 prizes were sponsored by the sports office of Mkhondo Local Municipality and presented to clubs by members of Mkhondo LFA.
Twenty four (24) clubs from Mkhondo Promotion League entered the tournament but, wait for it, they had no sponsorships.
The senior division games began with a total of twenty four (24) clubs playing Mkhondo Promotion League football but, wait for it, they had no sponsor. The tournament was unique from all other December tournaments with full playing cards used and SAFA Uniform Competition Rules enforced. It was the best of Mkhondo Promotion League football on display and the most entertaining football display of recent times. The teams battled it out from 09 to 17 December 2019 with all matches going smooth except for one match that was disturbed by rain and had to be replayed between PR Barcelona FC vs PR Wanderers FC. The final played in the shadow of a protest lodged by Citizen FC against the use of SAB League players allegedly by PR Barcelona FC.
The defending champions Citizen FC managed to defend the title they won in 2017 with a 2-0 win over PR Barcelona FC at a half packed Mandla Magudulela Stadium, Thandukukhanya. They equalled United Brothers FC record of two Mkhondo Festive Cup titles which they also won back to back in 2015&2016. The other former champions of the cup is Comet Riders FC who won the inaugural title in 2014 against Amsterdam Blue Birds FC. The win by Citizen FC was a “relief” to the members of Mkhondo LFA Disciplinary Committee who would have required to sit for a hearing before the prizes could be awarded. The club walked away with the trophy, gold medals and a record prize money of R6000. The runners up PR Barcelona FC received silver medals, a match ball and R3000 cash. The 3rd place prize went to Ajax Blue Birds FC who received bronze medals, a match ball and R2000 cash.